Our Team

This directory includes all members of offices of vice provosts plus the heads of other reporting offices.

  • Troy Eggers serves as Executive Vice Provost at Columbia University. 

  • Professor Kachani conducts research in the fields of dynamic pricing, revenue management, logistics, supply chain management, algorithmic trading, statistical arbitrage, traffic flow modeling, and transportation analysis. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of quantitative corporate finance, industrial economics, operations consulting, logistics, pricing, and production and inventory planning.

  • Sheanine Allen, EdD, joined the Office of the Provost in November 2018 as Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in January 2020. She is responsible for ensuring compliance with the University's policies, and federal, state, and local laws regarding equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination. This includes assisting in the preparation of the University's Affirmative Action Plans, facilitating data collection for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs audits, and adhering to the Affirmative Action Policies and Procedures as they pertain to the recruitment and promotion of faculty and staff of the University. She also manages the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS). In collaboration with CUHR, Sheanine also monitors the University's employment and compensation systems to evaluate their impact on women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    Before joining the Office of the Provost, Sheanine was the Alumni Relations Coordinator for the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at a local university, and a Project Coordinator for the DOE grant-funded initiative College Access for All.

    Sheanine received her BA in English and Religion from Wake Forest University and MA in English from North Carolina Central University.  She was a doctoral research fellow in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University School of Education where she completed her EdD in Instructional Leadership.

  • Seth M. Marnin is a leader and advocate in higher education and the law. He began his career in student affairs and residential life at the University at Albany; he later joined the University of Connecticut as the Director of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources. Seth moved from higher education to practicing employment law at Outten & Golden LLP. He subsequently served as the Vice President for Civil Rights at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) where he oversaw ADL’s domestic civil rights agenda. Before joining Columbia University’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office, Seth founded Workplace Strategies, a consulting firm advising non-profits on a range of legal issues related to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment, equal opportunity, and affirmative action.

    Seth has spoken nationally and internationally on LGBTQ issues, hate crime laws, discrimination, civil rights, religious liberty, the First Amendment and academic freedom. He co-authored friend-of-the-court briefs in numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts around the country. 

    Seth earned his BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology and his MA in Liberal Studies from the University at Albany, SUNY and his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

  • Marcia Roesch joined the Office of Work/Life in July 2015. As the Director of the School and Child Care Search Service, Marcia develops and leads the long-term vision and strategy for programs and services offered to the Columbia parent community as they identify and apply to preschool and K-12 schools for their children. Marcia guides families who are searching for elementary, middle, and high schools by consulting individually with parents as well as presenting workshops. 

    Before joining Columbia University’s Office of Work/Life, Marcia spent many years in independent school admissions. She began her career as a Director of Admissions for grades nursery through high school, first at Trevor Day School and most recently at Bank Street School for Children.

    She has been an active member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), serves on the board of Early Steps, and is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Marcia earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Education from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology/Learning Disabilities from Teachers College.

    She grew up in the suburbs of New York, but has lived most of her adult life in New York City. Marcia raised a daughter and a son in the city and now feels lucky to have two grandsons who are living here as well. She loves New York and enjoys early morning walks in Central Park on the weekends with her husband.


  • Lydia Dahling joined the Office of the Provost in May 2017 as Senior Administrative Coordinator. She manages all documents for the Provost's approval, provides administrative support to the Office of the Provost, and coordinates day-to-day logistics. 

    Before joining the Office of the Provost, Lydia was the Administrative Services Officer at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and previously was a Recruiter and Executive Assistant at British American Household Staffing.

    Lydia received her bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and her master’s degree from Mannes College, The New School for Music. 


  • Vice Provost Venkataraman joined Columbia University in 2003. Her research focuses on developing and using novel instruments to make and study electronic circuits at the nanometer scale where the functional element is a single-molecule, a collection of a few atoms. Over the past few years, her research group has developed methods to not only measure the current that flows across a single molecule, but also the force required to break such a circuit and the amount of electricity one can generate using heat in these devices. Her research is highly interdisciplinary and she has received prominent awards including the National Science Foundation Career Award, Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Chemistry. 

  • In July 2019, Kristen Barnes, M.A. joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement as the Assistant Director of Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. She works on faculty data analysis, finance management and communications.

    Prior to this role, Kristen worked in faculty development at Teachers College and later in Columbia’s Office of the Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences. Most recently, Kristen served as the Assistant Director of Faculty Development & Diversity in the Office of the EVP for Arts & Sciences. Kristen has a longstanding interest in increasing marginalized groups’ access to higher education. She has experience in fundraising, advocacy, and leadership development through her work at Children’s Defense Fund of New York and the George Washington University.

    Kristen received her B.A. in English & Comparative Literature and Political Science from George Washington University, and her M.A. in Politics & Education from Teachers College. She plans to enroll in a doctoral program in fall 2020.

  • Karen Fife  joined the Office of the Provost in April 2016 as Director of the Metro New York & Southern Connecticut Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (MNYSC HERC). She is responsible for maintaining and expanding the MNYSC HERC and providing significant project leadership to the more than 30 member institutions of the regional HERC.

    The MNYSC HERC is one of 19 region affiliates of HERC, a non-profit coalition of colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations, committed to diversifying the pipeline of faculty, staff, and executives in academia. HERC supports our member institutions in recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse employees.  Our regional consortium of colleges and universities work together to facilitate up-to-date information resources, technologies, and a professional network to help each other with recruitment and retention issues. Of particular interest to HERC is creating tools for dual-career spouses and partners and diversifying faculty and staff applicant pools of member institutions. HERC  maintains one of the only regionally based higher education job site in the Metro New York Southern Connecticut area and offers members access to HERConnect, our virtual member portal, which houses HERC’s webinars and toolkits and discussion platforms.

    Before joining MNYSC HERC/EOAA in the Office of the Provost, Ms. Fife worked for over 20 years in corporate human resources in strategic staffing, compensation and budget planning, and performance and talent management.

  • Justin Pearlman was appointed Vice Provost for Communications and Engagement at Columbia University on January 1, 2019.  He previously served for eight years as Chief of Staff to the Provost.

    Prior to coming to Columbia in 2011 he was Assistant Provost for Research at the University of Southern California. Earlier, he held positions at the United States Institute for Peace, a federally-funded nonpartisan agency, and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. 

    Pearlman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University and a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

  • Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health

  • Jewelnel Davis is the University Chaplain, Associate Provost and Director of the Earl Hall Center at Columbia University. Chaplain Davis came to Columbia in 1996 and is committed to the mission of the Earl Hall Center, which is etched in the stone of its threshold: Erected for the students that religion and learning go hand in hand and character grow with knowledge.

    As the University Chaplain, she works collaboratively with schools across the university to promote interfaith and intercultural awareness. With Columbia’s faculty, deans, administrative teams and students, Davis helps address issues of campus life in a diverse community of various religious backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, identities and values

    The Office of the University Chaplain designs and sponsors a variety of programs on matters of justice, faith and spirituality for small and large campus groups. The Office of the University Chaplain fosters learning and personal growth through spiritual, ethical, religious, political and cultural exchange.

  • In July 2019, Jennifer joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement as Assistant Director for Faculty Advancement. In her role, she focuses on the expansion of our faculty development program, deepening our community building efforts and strengthening our communications efforts.   

    Prior to this role, Jen worked in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, where she was responsible for the processes for faculty promotion and tenure as well as managing faculty mentorship programs. Before joining Columbia, Jen served as an HR manager at a digital publishing startup and had a ten-year career teaching secondary English in New York and San Diego.

    Jen received her B.A. in individualized study from NYU’s Gallatin School and her M.A. in English education from Teachers College. She recently completed her M.S. in Narrative Medicine at Columbia, where her research focused on the connection between illness, identity, and work, and how a narrative approach to career coaching could benefit those living with chronic health conditions. Jen also studied the potential of graphic medicine, using comics in a medical context, to help patients reclaim once-silenced narratives.

  • Ira Katznelson is the interim provost of Columbia University, as well as the Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History and Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects.

  • Dr. Mitchell serves as the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement for Columbia University in the City of New York and Professor of Dental Medicine at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.  In his role as Vice Provost, he is responsible for leading the University’s ongoing commitment to attract, advance, and retain a diverse faculty.


  • David B. Austell is the Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University in New York City.

  • David A. Freedberg is Director of the Italian Academy and the Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art.

    He is best known for his work on psychological responses to art, and particularly for his studies on iconoclasm and censorship (see, inter alia, Iconoclasts and their Motives, 1984, and The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response, 1989).

    His more traditional art historical writing centered on the fields of Dutch and Flemish art. In recent years he has turned his attention to seventeenth century Roman art and to the paintings of Nicolas Poussin. He has been involved in several exhibitions of contemporary art (eg. Joseph Kosuth: "The Play of the Unmentionable" (1992)). Following a series of important discoveries in Windsor Castle, the Institut de France and the archives of the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome, he co-authored a number of catalogs of the natural history drawings in the Royal Collections and turned his attention to the intersection of art and science in the age of Galileo. His chief publication in this area is The Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, his Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History (2002). 

    Although Freedberg continues to teach in the fields of Dutch, Flemish, French, and Italian art of the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries, as well as in historiographical and theoretical areas, his research now concentrates on the relations between art, history, and neuroscience. He is currently engaged in writing two books: 1) Dance, the Body and Emotion; 2) Art and the Brain, with particular reference to emotion and movement. He continues to hope that he will be able to return to his longstanding project on the cultural history of the architecture and dance of the Pueblo peoples.

    Freedberg leads the campaign to save Liberty Hall in Machiasport, Maine, a major historical building overlooking the site of the first sea battle of the American Revolution.

    Professor Freedberg is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Accademia Nazionale di Agricoltura and the Istituto Veneto. 

    More information can be found on his CV or at his department webpage.

  • Caroline Stern joined the Office of the Provost in 2007 as Executive Assistant to the Provost. She is responsible for supporting the University Provost, as well as other members of the senior team of the Office of the Provost.

    Before joining Columbia, Ms. Stern held roles in executive support for the director of the Bard Graduate Center, the executive director of the Jewish Community Services Association and the director of a fine arts consulting business. Ms. Stern received her bachelor's degree in Art History from Barnard College, a master's of Library Service from Columbia University, and a master's of Education from Mercy College.

  • Anna Spinner joined the Office of the Provost in September 2019 as Assistant Provost for Strategic Communications. In this role, Anna is responsible for communications planning and execution as well as contributing to a range of communications including web content, internal announcements, briefings, and more.

    Ms. Spinner joined the Office of the Provost after extensive communications experience across Columbia University, including at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Public Affairs, the Office of the President, and most recently at the College of Dental Medicine, where she was Senior Director for Communications and Marketing.

    Anna Spinner received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brown University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia Journalism School. 

  • Administrative Manager
    Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs
    Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

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